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Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

Bilingual commentary: Is Trump Firing at His Own Foot?

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes There is a lot of talk and apprehension in the air these days regarding access to guns and ammunition. But would someone please take away the one weapon used by our own president—his Twitter account? Is he firing at his own foot, day after exasperating day?...
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Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

Bilingual commentary: Highway 101 Congestion Conundrum

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Many of us have been around long enough to remember when Highway 101 in Ventura County had a mere two lanes in each direction. It was painstakingly widened to three lanes, but those lanes promptly filled up over the years, and we’re right back where we...
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Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Tips on Talking to Children about Tragedies like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Hospice of Santa Barbara Offers Tips on Talking to Children about Tragedies like the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

SANTA BARBARA — In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday night, Hospice of Santa Barbara believes that the most important service they could provide locally is to provide guidance about how parents and teachers can speak to children about the senseless violence. “In times like these, it’s more important than ever...
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Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

Bilingual commentary: What “Hot Felons” Can Teach Us

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Mekhi Alante Lucky likely never imagined his life would take the turn that it did. What might have started to be a regular cycle of visits to the jails and prisons as an inmate instead became an opportunity to showcase the gift that he had been...
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Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

Bilingual commentary: Reactions to the Homeless

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes It was like being at a cocktail party, listening to an animated, passionate conversation among a group of people about a “hot button” topic: the homeless. But I wasn’t actually at a party. Rather, I am part of an Internet social media network for people in...
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Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

Bilingual commentary: The Dilemma of the DREAMers

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Recently, the unfortunate residents of south Texas and then south Florida knew that storms were brewing and growing before they struck. Similarly, this country’s DREAMers, who had been afforded protection from deportation and other benefits under the Obama administration, could see the dark clouds gathering the...
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Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

Bilingual commentary: The Bridal Veil

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Often, what is considered “acceptable,” or “the way things are done,” has disturbing sexist backdrops. But customs that were once instituted to suppress and limit women are so tightly woven into our Western culture, our way of life and our thinking that we scarcely take note....
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California League of United Latin American Citizens: DACA

California League of United Latin American Citizens: DACA

Dear California Members and Friends, as difficult it is to comprehend the challenges to our community regarding cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we must unite and rise to the challenge. We must be the first line of defense for our communities during this crisis. Never before in our history...
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Bilingual commentary: Fighting the Nazis

Bilingual commentary: Fighting the Nazis

By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Over 70 years ago, my father was fighting against the Nazis as an American infantryman on French and German soil. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine that I, his son, would find himself also in combat with them—on American soil. But whereas he...
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Bilingual commentary: “Fire and Fury”

Bilingual commentary: “Fire and Fury”

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes President Trump’s recent threats of “fire and fury” may have...
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Bilingual commentary: Diamonds Beneath Our Feet

Bilingual commentary: Diamonds Beneath Our Feet

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Russell Conwell (1843 – 1925) was a gifted American. He...
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Bilingual commentary: The Country Loves Him?

Bilingual commentary: The Country Loves Him?

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes Eric Trump, third child and second son of President Donald...
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Bilingual commentary: Are Those Planets or Are Those Stars?

Bilingual commentary: Are Those Planets or Are Those Stars?

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes One night back when I was about 7 years old,...
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Bilingual commentary: Education — An Accelerating Divide

Bilingual commentary: Education — An Accelerating Divide

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes An article* earlier this month provided an item from a...
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Bilingual commentary: Men and Mermaids

Bilingual commentary: Men and Mermaids

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor David Magallanes We normally associate mermaids with little girls’ fantasies. How many...
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